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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Historically Black Life of Marion Barry

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

The life of Marion Barry Jr. so eerily parallels the HBCU narrative, so closely resembles the tragedy and triumph of our institutions and culture, that his death almost feels like the precursor to our own culture wake.

'Dear White People' Movement Must Spur HBCU 'Welcome Back' Movement

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

We can no longer allow our children to ask white people over yonder for what we should have been giving them from day one: support and education in their own communities, on our own terms.

A Clarion Call to Black Higher Education

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The leadership dilemma for HBCU presidents is that of broadening access while also advancing high academic standards and strengthening outcomes. The data suggest that this will be a steep climb for most HBCUs.

An Open Letter to HBCU Graduates

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Fellow graduates of historically black colleges and universities, we can and must come to the aid of our institutions while there is still time to make a difference. Fiscal insolvency and the loss of accreditation are two insurmountable challenges from which I have not known any institution to recover. What follows are some concrete steps we can and must take to support HBCUs.

On HBCUs, White House Moves From Disregard to Dismantling

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Not so long ago, historically black colleges and universities were just a thorn in the side of the Obama administration. We will soon long for those days, because signs of the administrative shift from disregard to attempts at dismantling HBCUs, are growing in frequency and impact seemingly every year.

Six Critical Strategies for Increasing HBCU Retention and Graduation Rates

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

What specifically are the most successful HBCUs doing, or what can they do to increase student retention and graduation? Drawing on a combination of personal education and leadership experiences, observations and research, what follows are a five proven strategies associated with student success.

'Black-ish': Horrible Parody of Black Family Life

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Frances Cudjoe Waters

I cringed when I saw the name and promos for Black-ish. But, I tried to reserve judgment until I saw it. And sure enough, its premise and the actual show is as offensive as its name.

Yesterday's HBCU Pride Is Today's HBCU Irrelevance

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 10.04.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Waiting for HBCUs to "do right" or "do better" before giving our support only prolongs the 'do wrong' culture and resentment of the same.

What One Professor Said That Explains The 'Privilege' Problem In Higher Ed

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.08.2014 | College

Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum recently announced she would be stepping down from her position after more than 12 years of leading the...

Black Colleges Face Hard Choices On $25 Million Koch Donation

AP | JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters. Enter a $25 million gift to the United...

Dave Jamieson

United Negro College Fund Pilloried Over Koch Money | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the largest labor unions in the country is severing its ties with the United Negro College Fund over the storied scholarship grou...

The Interesting Life of Southern's Siegfried Coleman

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Siegfried Coleman is a proud 2014 graduate of the Southern University Law Center. Like many HBCU students, he survived late nights and tough assignments while balancing a full-time job and life as a husband and father.

Koch Brothers' UNCF Gift Is Worst Symptom of HBCU Financial Crisis

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

One of the nation's richest and most influential companies with political leanings that weigh heavily against the mission and the culture of historically Black colleges and universities, is one of the largest benefactors to our most vulnerable institutions.

Forest Whitaker Hazing Film Could Bring HBCU Stereotype Threat to Theater Near You

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.04.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Some will say that Whitaker's take on HBCU hazing will come from a place of education; from a desire to see young African-American scholars do better in their efforts to build brotherhood and networking through pledging. But education and nurturing have nothing to do with it.

For Black America, the Only Jobs That Await Are Jobs HBCUs Help to Create

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

There is no hope for an institution that doesn't show faith in its own products, especially in an economic climate where very few beyond the campus gates value emerging Black professional talent.

Eric Holder Cues HBCU Advocates to Focus on "Subtle" Racism

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 07.20.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Education is the last and most precious commodity in the ongoing pursuit of social justice, and African-Americans should consider more seriously the notion of access to better facilities, racial diversity and larger classes being false signs of opportunity and equality.

On HBCUs, Republican Party Can't Serve Two Masters

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 07.07.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

It is beyond disingenuous for Priebus, Cain or others to court HBCU students for a party with members who systemically attack HBCUs through cutting state appropriations and dismantling HBCU appeal and effectiveness.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Chief Asks African-Americans To Become 'Climate Justice Advocates' | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

ATLANTA -– Environmental Protection Agency leaders have something to tell African-American communities about the agency's work on climate change: We...

Departure of Maryland Higher Ed Secretary Blows State's Cover

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 06.19.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Did those appointments signal the end of an era of segregation and discrimination, or were they simply an omen of the massive resistance state officials and Chancellor Kirwan intend to mount against efforts to bring the Maryland higher education system into compliance with the law?

No Greater Waste of Money Than an HBCU

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.28.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Given their mission, there is a rough road ahead for HBCUs in trying to reconcile low graduation rates, high loan default percentages, and low entry-level salaries for those who graduate against the rising definitions of value in higher education.

Maryland Running Out of Bets to Place on Unlawful HBCU Neglect

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.25.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

In a few months, the two sides of Maryland's historic legal battle over race-based discrimination against its public historically black colleges and universities will reach a conclusion in mediation.

'My Brother's Keeper' Must Keep HBCUs in Mind

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

'My Brother's Keeper' is the ideal introduction between America and its ever-expanding race problem, and it strikes in the places most necessary to evoke generational change; the minds and hearts of boys and young men.

Jarrett L. Carter

University Brings Brain Food To The Masses With Renowned Lecture Series | Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 01.31.2014 | Black Voices

Dillard University will welcome renowned gospel artist Kirk Franklin to the campus on Feb 6., an appearance made possible by the university’s signat...

Jarrett L. Carter

These HBCUs Are Embracing This Innovative Community Model | Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 01.31.2014 | Black Voices

A key element of urban sustainability is for a community to control its natural resources. A growing example of metropolitan communities taking owners...

Jarrett L. Carter

HBCUs Lead New Innovation In Urban Agriculture | Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 01.31.2014 | Black Voices

Officials at Virginia State University believe that a person with a little bit of land and a lot of work ethic can make a good living as an agricultur...